ok, i'll do my question first, and then explain.
question: i have read that children who do montessori schooling in the primary years have the greatest benefits if they finish out primary by going through the kindergarten year. for several reasons listed below we're thinking about not putting him there for K. would we be throwing away 2.5 years in montessori by not putting him there in K (ok, horrible wording...of course he has benefited...but do you know what i mean?)?
ds has been going to a montessori school since he was 2.5. he is 4 and will go until he is almost 5, and then kindergarten is the next year. we had assumed that we would send him there for k.
but here's the deal:
1) the school has changed a lot since we started there. it is still a good school, but we don't like it as much as we used to. his guide is very nice, but she is new to the school and we aren't as impressed by her or her style as we were with his previous guide. this is who he would have until he finishes there. it's not that we dislike her though. but, it's difficult to appreciate paying $500 a month for a half day program when you're not thrilled with it, yk? (i should add that we're a one income family, and that income comes from my ph.d student husband).
2)financial reasons (i'd be lying if i didn't say so) that i listed above.
3)he only goes half a day and they have a lot of outdoor time, a circle time for songs, and one work period. if i kept him till 2:30, he could get a second work period. i'm concerned that he's not getting enough of work time, but at the same time i don't have a desire to keep him later for some reason.
crazy post...i'm really tired. but mr. mamaley and i could really use some advice on this. thanks.